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Is Nutritionally-Balanced Pizza Too Good to Be True?

by in Food News, July 13, 2012


A nutritionally-balanced pizza you can eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner sounds too good to be true, right? A Glasgow University scientist, Mike Lean, claims otherwise. He says the pizza contains exactly 1/3 of the recommended amount of calories, protein and carbohydrates, plus vitamins and minerals an adult should consume daily.

Seaweed is used in the pizza’s crust to lower the dish’s sodium level. Also added are “magnesium, potassium, folates, vitamin A and extra red pepper in the tomato sauce for a boost of vitamin C,” according to a recent article.

In theory, because it contains 30 percent of your balanced nutritional value for the day, you could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner with no negative health effects. The key: in theory.

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Order This, Not That: Papa John’s

by in Dining Out, February 2, 2012
papa johns pizza
Are there any healthy options at this popular pizza chain?

I frequently see commercials for this pizza chain but often wonder if there’s really is anything I can order that won’t bust my waistline. We’ll give you the cheesy facts so you’ll be prepared on your next visit.

Nutrition Info
It can get kind of tricky when reading the nutrition information for Papa John’s. The calories listed for most items will give you the per-serving information. This means that their “Pizza for One,” which serves 4 has the calories listed for a quarter of the pie. The same goes for their sides like chicken wings and breadsticks. The calories listed are for a serving size of 2 wings—though 10 are served in each order. So be sure to take a few minutes to decipher their nutrition breakdown when you sift through their website.

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Robin’s Healthy Take: Top It! Healthy Pizza-Topping Recipes

by in Uncategorized, September 12, 2011
tuscan pizza
Think beyond traditional toppings and try this -- white beans, kale and yellow squash.

Now that we’re submerged in hectic fall schedules, we need fast weeknight meals.  And by fast I mean healthy and fast, not frozen “fat and salt”. I love store-bought pizza crusts (sold next to the refrigerated biscuits) because you can quickly whip up a gourmet pizza any night of the week. I went a tad fancy with these pizzas because I wanted you to see how versatile the crusts are. You can pile on colorful veggies and protein (like chicken, seafood, beans and cheese) and make a complete meal. Pizza is a great family-friendly meal, and the leftovers make a terrific leftovers for your brown bag lunch. Another bonus? These can all be made ahead – assemble the pizza up to 24 hours in advance and bake just before serving.

Tuscan Pizza With White Beans, Kale and Yellow Squash

11-ounce can refrigerated thin crust pizza dough

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 bunch kale, chopped (about 6 cups)

1 tablespoon water

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 medium yellow squash, cut into 1/8-inch thick rounds

15-ounce can white beans, rinsed and drained

1 teaspoon dried thyme

2/3 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

Unroll crust onto prepared pan.  Bake 5 minutes.  Remove crust from oven and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add kale and water cook 3-5 minutes, until kale wilts. Arrange kale on crust, to within 1 inch of the edges. Season kale with salt and pepper. Top kale with white beans and then thyme. Sprinkle mozzarella over kale, beans and thyme. Arrange squash over mozzarella and top with parmesan cheese. Bake 8-10 more minutes, until crust is golden brown and cheese melts.

Serves 4

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Snacks with 200 Calories (or Fewer!)

by in Healthy Recipes, August 22, 2011
chips and salsa
A snack of baked tortilla chips and 1/4 cup of salsa has just 180 calories.

Having a snack attack? Forgo the last minute trip to the vending machine and be prepared when hunger strikes with these snacks with fewer than 200 calories each.

#1: Basic Edamame
Munch on baby soy beans packed with protein and hunger-fighting fiber.
Calories: 150

#2: Apple and Peanut Butter
Top a sliced apple with natural peanut butter for a smooth and crunchy combination. This snack is packed with heart-healthy unsaturated fat and the antioxidant vitamins E and C. Check out how your favorite brand did in our taste test.
Calories: 190

#3: Rainbow Fruit Skewers With Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
This snack consists of 2 fruit skewers plus 3 chocolate-dipped strawberries. What better way to get a healthy dose of antioxidants plus your chocolate fix!
Calories: 184

#4: Chips and Spicy Salsa
An ounce of baked tortilla chips (about 15) dipped in ¼ cup salsa will give you a boost of vitamin C and lycopene.
Calories: 180

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150-Calorie Snacks

by in Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, January 12, 2011
Granola Bars
The right between-meal snacks can help keep hunger at bay.

Snacks are an important part of a well-balanced diet and should contain healthy nutrients like calcium, protein, whole grains, vitamins or minerals. Aim for one to two snacks per day that are around 150 calories each. Skip those expensive, nutrient-light snack packs and try these 10 filling 150 calorie snacks instead.

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5 Ingredients: Tomato-Basil Pizza

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, April 28, 2010
Tomato-Basil Pizza
Tomato-Basil Pizza

Friday night is pizza night in our house! Instead of ordering greasy takeout, I whip up my own healthier (and tastier) version with five simple ingredients.

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Dining Out: Theater Concession Stands

by in Dining Out, February 25, 2010

popcorn

You may love to take your family to the movies, but you’ll want to shield their eyes from the concession stand. Buttery popcorn, pizza, nachos, french fries, hot dogs, slushies, ice cream and gobs of candy sound appealing, but chow down on a couple of these and you might gobble up two days worth of calories in two hours.

So what’s a movie-goer to do?

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Spotlight Recipe: Mushroom, Onion & Basil Pizza

by in Healthy Recipes, November 14, 2009

Mushroom, Onion & Basil Pizza
Most of the time I’m only cooking for one, so I prefer not to make anything too complicated. Weekday or weekend, this dish is perfect for a speedy meal. I buy whole-wheat pizza dough at the grocery store, freeze it in individual portions and defrost as needed. With jarred marinara sauce, all I have to do is add the toppings and pop it in the oven! Sometimes I scale the ingredients down for a single serving, but if not, the leftovers get packed up for lunch the next day.

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Weekly Bits: Pumpkin Galore

by in Uncategorized, October 31, 2009

We celebrated lots of holidays this week — Halloween, National Oatmeal Day (Thursday) and National Chocolate Day (Wednesday). As always, you, our readers, had great ideas for all of them — from cooking with pumpkin to overnight oats. Here are our faves from the week.

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But I Just Want Some Pizza!?!

by in Dining Out, Healthy Tips, October 23, 2009

pizza
Pizza is a popular on-the-go lunch or dinner choice and a staple at kids’ birthday parties. I’m not one to resist a tempting slice (it’s my favorite food, second to chocolate), but I can enjoy one without overindulging — here’s how.

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